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Winter weather slows Election Day setup efforts

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Winter weather made it a challenge to setup polling places throughout North Texas for Tuesday's primary elections.

Closures at area schools caused most of the confusion, with workers sometimes locked out of schools that were scheduled to take delivery of election equipment.

An election crew at Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School in Dallas had to wait for more than an hour for school officials to let them in. The situation repeated itself at other schools as well on Monday.

"I've been with the county for 20 years and this is the first time that I've known that we've had some kind of weather disaster to close the school systems where we can't get the equipment to the locations," said Lynn Coumpy of Dallas County Elections.

Officials from all four big counties in North Texas said, despite any challenges on Monday, they will be ready to go by 7 a.m. on Tuesday. A majority of the equipment was delivered over the weekend.

Dallas ISD said it's working to make sure the county elections department can get its job done as the final hours tick down to Election Day.

Officials ran into a few problems in Collin County with getting laptops to the polling places. Denton County election officials said they had most of their equipment delivered before the bad weather struck.

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